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Child killed as explosion hits building in Paris suburbs


Firefighters search through the rubble of a four-storey residential building that collapsed following a blast in Rosny-sous-Bois in the eastern suburbs of Paris on August 31, 2014. Local authorities have not yet determined what caused the blast that led to the collapse, killing a child and wounding 11 people. Photo - AFP

Paris: A four-story building was rocked by an explosion and collapsed, killing a child, in a northeastern suburb of Paris Sunday morning, French authorities said.

Ten people, including four seriously wounded, were evacuated from the rubble of the building, and a child was killed, fire department spokesman Gabriel Plus told iTele. The explosion occurred around 7 a.m. local time (0500 GMT).

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, who arrived on-site, said it appeared the explosion occurred because of a gas leak, but said he could not confirm that theory.

"We should be prudent, because there are investigations on-going. There is no certainty," he told reporters.

About another 10 people could still be underneath the rubble, and an emergency rescue procedure was ongoing, Plus said.

"We could still find living victims in the hours to come."

Television images of the building in the suburb of Rosny-Sous-Bois showed one side ripped off completely, exposing the interiors of the apartments inside.


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